At The Museum: April 6-12

APRIL 6 – 12  :  TEXTILES & FLAX

Linen was one of the most important fabrics used by Europeans & Americans in the years before 1800. Household textiles & clothing were usually of linen or wool (cotton & silk were expensive and thus available primarily to the wealthy). The growing, processing, spinning and weaving of flax into linen occupied many a day for a farmer & his family especially in Ireland, where the climate was well suited for growing flax.

Highlighted Activities

Monday (April 6)

  • Ireland: Weaving and Spinning (10:00-12:00)
  • Germany: Spinning flax (10:00-11:00 and 1:00-4:00)
  • 1820s America: Spinning Wool (2:00-4:00)

Tuesday (April 7)

  • Ireland: Gardening in the morning, Weaving (1:00-4:00)

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    Spinning on the Irish Farm

  • England: Mending & knitting all day
  • Germany: Gardening, House Chores, Spinning Flax (2:00-4:00)
  • 1820’s America: Spinning flax (2:00-4:00)

Wednesday (April 8)

  • West Africa: Making Akara (9:00-12:00)
  • Ireland: Making Oat Cakes (10:00 -12:00), Weaving (1:00-4:00), Spinning (2:00-4:00)
  • Germany: Making Noodles (9:00-12:00), Tending garden (2:00-4:00)

Thursday (April 9)

  • West Africa: Wall/Fence repairs
  • Germany: Vineyard work

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    Only about 3 More Years The Grapes re Ready For Wine-Making

  • England: Mending & knitting all day
  • Ireland: Spinning (9:00-11:00; 2:00-4:00); Weaving (1:00-4:00)
  • 1820’s America: Spinning flax (2:00-4:00)

Friday (April 10)

  • England: Baking (10:00-3:00)
  • Ireland: Fence work; Spinning flax (10:00-12:00; 2:00-4:00)
  • 1820’s America: Spinning wool (2:00-4:00)
  • 1740’s America: Woodworking

Saturday (April 4)

  • West Africa: Weaving; Spinning cotton
  • England: Baking all day
  • Ireland: Weaving (10:00-11:00; 1:00-4:00); Spinning (10:00-12:00); Flax processing (2:00-4:00)

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    Weaving on the Big Loom in Ireland

  • Germany: Music
  • 1820’s America: Cooking (1:00-4:00)

Sunday (April 5)

  • Ireland: Weaving (10:00-12:00; 2:00-4:00)
  • Germany: Spinning Flax (10:00-11:00; 2:00-4:00)

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